It’s no secret that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Great food, surrounded by the people I love, laughing and and lots of silly traditions, ensure that each year our celebration is familiar, and yet slightly different from the one before. … Continue reading Cranberry Pear Chutney.
A few people I care for deeply had a really rough week. It seems there is a lot of loss going around right now. Charles lost Joey, a friend and colleague, in an unexpected and senseless crime. And Ben lost his dear friend Dave after a brave and inspiring fight with ALS (Dave’s story here: https://gayswithkids.com/until-further-notice-celebrate-everything/ and here: http://time.com/4219910/als-lou-gehrigs-disease/). As I think about these four men I find myself impacted by them rather unexpectedly. In part because Dave left the world with an inspiring yet simple reminder; Until Further Notice… Celebrate Everything. Now I didn’t know Joey at all, and I … Continue reading Until Further Notice… Celebrate Everything
Generally, I do not believe in making New Year’s resolutions. This year is different. I am in a place where I need to get more control of my life and resolutions, or what I’m calling “finding my focus” seems like they make some sense. Apparently, I also feel the need to write them down and share. And so I am returning to my old forgotten friend, my blog. 2015 was an incredible, over-the-top, indulgent, wonderful, exhausting year. I started the year coming off a scary bout of appendicitis with complications keeping me in the hospital for almost a week. Determined … Continue reading 2016: The Year of Focus
If you wear glasses you know that shopping for them at the traditional places like LensCrafters and EyeMart etc.. is mildly, well…. antiseptic. One thing it is NOT is sexy or fun. Stores are boring with bad lighting, doctors smocks, mysterious pricing and ultimately, very expensive. I found this out first hand recently when I needed a new pair of glasses. After multiple visits to the big box stores I was overwhelmingly underwhelmed. Yes, they have big brands with sexy names, like Prada, Gucci and Bulgari. But interesting and cool designs are extremely limited. And the prices!? Oh. My. God. … Continue reading Seeing Glasses in a Whole New Light
Why would anyone buy a cook book these days (other than as a gift) when there are so many great cooking websites with copious free and detailed recipes, videos, pictures and more? Personally, it never even occurs to me to crack one of the many I have. Why? Because of the comments. Yes, a written recipe is great… but what I really want to read is how other people have modified said recipe. What works? What doesn’t? Because you know you never have all the listed ingredients. Or at least I don’t. How did other people improvise, alter and personalize … Continue reading Crowd Sourced Onion Soup
For the holidays this year we decided to try our hands at our very first gingerbread house (“gbh”). As big fans of contemporary architecture and with our own future home currently under construction, it seemed only natural that our gbh should be its replica. Normal, right? Definitely no ungapatchka traditional gbh for us! With no CLUE how to build one we started by Googling and were shocked to find few good examples of well done, contemporary gbh’s! Really? It’s not that radical of an idea! The more we thought about it though, the more we realized that like building a … Continue reading A Contemporary Spin on the Gingerbread House
Back in 2006, the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, Mike Jeffries now famously admitted in an interview with Salon.com that his brand was intentionally “exclusionary” and perhaps most offensive… well… I’ll simply quote him: “Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla. You don’t alienate anybody, but … Continue reading Abercrombie’s Brand DNA Revealed in an Unexpected Moment